Aburaya Ryokan

607 Oiwake, Karuizawa, Nagano, Chubu, 389-0115 , Japan | Ryokan
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Travel Blogs from Karuizawa

Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... realised that the snow must indeed be exceptional and that the trains must be disrupted. They were. No trains were going anywhere. We waited for a while to see if the trains would start moving but by 10:00 we were told the situation would be reviewed at 12:00 noon so we all headed across the road from the station to a Starbucks as the cafe at the station was full of other waiting passengers. We stayed in Starbucks until almost 2:30 only buying a couple of hot drinks. Some of the ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... the previous weekend. Our bullet train was delayed by about 15 minutes and then travelled some of the journey more slowly than usual. It was still a good experience. The countryside was very pretty but we couldn't take many photos because of the falling snow obscuring the view and also patterning the window with ice. We had to change trains after what was scheduled to be a 40 minute trip. It actually took 50 minutes. As we were to have had only a 20 minute ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... expecting the monkeys to do. We spent nearly 2 hours within the monkey park itself, and the original group of primate paparazzi still hasn't moved from their positions.

And there was still only the same 2 monkeys in the pool when we left.
Does anyone really need 3000 shots of the same 2 monkeys?

After leaving the monkey pool, and spending a little bit of time down by the river, with the frankly far ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... compensate by putting a wedge of ice on top of the snowball, like a kind of pointy head, but it just wasn't the same. Frosty will remain beheaded until the next snowfall, because there just wasn't enough snow on the ground to build a new head.

As for the shopping arcade, it was underwhelming. It can apparently get very busy, but today it was absolutely deserted. Mostly popular fashion labels, the clerks in the store seemed to get ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... the platform at Tokyo station waiting for the Shinkansen Charlotte pointed out the coolest vending machine I'd ever seen in my life. Instead of actual bottles visible to select from, the vending machine simply had a giant touchscreen. When not in use the machine displayed news, weather, as well as information about the products contained within the machine, and when touched, the machine offered up advertisements and nutritional information about the product you'd selected. ...

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This ryokan is located on 607 Oiwake, Karuizawa.
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